Colombo (LNW): US Ambassador to Sri Lanka Julie Chung urged Sri Lankan authorities to prioritise the rights of the country’s citizens when considering the recently introduced Online Safety Bill and the Anti-Terrorism Bill.
Taking a statement to X (previously known as Twitter), Chung emphasised the importance of incorporating feedback from technology professionals, civic organisations, and a range of experts while deliberating the Online Safety Bill.
“As Sri Lanka deliberates the Online Safety Bill, it’s crucial to include input from the tech sector, civil society, and diverse experts. Preserving freedom of expression is essential—it’s a fundamental right that is non-negotiable and must be safeguarded,” she wrote.
The US Envoy went on: “We also urge the Sri Lankan government to honour its pledge to revise its anti-terrorism legislation in alignment with international standards & best practices in other democracies. Sri Lankans deserve both security & fundamental freedoms. Striking the right balance through effective legislation will ensure both, enabling lawful freedom of assembly & empowering law enforcement to tackle threats effectively.”